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Creative fiction writing from the ground up - 12 Month Course, 10 Spaces Available

Perhaps you’ve dabbled in writing before, but are unsure where to go next on your writing journey. Or maybe you’re a curious beginner, keen to start putting words on the page for the first time.

This course will provide you with the comprehensive toolkit you need to start writing fiction.

This is a practical course that will help you develop your writing skills and allow you to get your ideas out of your mind and onto the page.

By the end of the course, you’ll be a writer.

1) How to find ideas.

You’ll learn how to use the world around you and your own history to create incredible stories. You’ll see that you don’t always have to write what you know: you can build entirely new worlds if you want to. You’ll learn how to choose between different ideas and make them brilliant.

Assignment:

You’ll create three different story ideas, gathered using three different methods, and choose which one you’d like to write.

2) Dealing with genre and audience.

You’ll learn what genre is and whether it really matters. You’ll gain understanding of what readers will expect from you if you choose to write in a particular genre (and whether you should care). You’ll think about how different readers might react to your writing.

Assignment:

Using the story idea you chose in Module One, you’ll define its genre. You’ll come up with ideas for writing a story based on that idea in two different genres and analyse how it would be different in each one.

3) Choosing a form.

You’ll learn how to decide what to write: a short story, a novel, a script or something else.You’ll see how the form you choose will influence the story you tell. You’ll learn theprinciples of story structure and how to use them to enhance, not restrict, your creativity.

Assignment:

You’ll outline your story idea in more than one form of writing (for example, as a novel and as a script). You’ll write the first few lines of it in each form and compare them.

4) Character.

You’ll learn how to create characters that are authentic and believable. You’ll experiment with different points of view, and choose the one you want to use to tell your story.

Assignment:

You’ll create a detailed pen sketch of two different characters, and write a short passage involving both of them. You’ll write it twice: once from each character’s point of view.

5) Plot.

You’ll learn about the different theories of plot and begin to understand how you can use them to aid your own plotting process, whether you choose to stick to them or not. You’ll see when it’s a good idea to follow the rules, and when you should break them.

Assignment:

You’ll create a plot plan for your story idea.

6) Style.

You’ll learn the basics of good writing style, and gain understanding of why style matters. You’ll learn about the techniques writers use to make sure their words have an impact on their readers. You’ll see how you can find a writing style that feels right for you and your story.

Assignment:

You’ll be asked to compare the writing style of two different pieces of writing, and use your conclusions to strengthen your own style.

7) Description & narrative.

You’ll discover what the difference between descriptive and narrative writing is, and why both are important. You’ll learn which to use when and how to do both really well. You’ll gain understanding of how other writers have created powerful narratives and evocative descriptions.

Assignment:
 

You’ll write a part of your story twice: once concentrating on description, and once on narrative. You’ll then compare the two and use your findings to help you improve your writing.

8) Writing dialogue.

You’ll learn how to use dialogue to tell your story. You’ll learn how to make dialogue feel real and how use it to make your characters believable. You’ll consider the problems involved in writing in different or unusual voices, including dialect and children’s voices.

Assignment:

You’ll write a passage of dialogue between two important characters in your chosen story.

9) The Beginning.

You’ll learn what makes a great beginning that will inspire people to keep on reading until the end. You’ll find out how to deal with the self-doubt that can make getting started difficult. You’ll look at how other writers have created brilliant and memorable beginnings.

Assignment:

You’ll write the first 500 words of your story.

10) The Middle.

You’ll learn how to keep your story interesting and engaging as you write its middle. You’ll learn how to increase tension intelligently and create the perfect story arc. You’ll learn how to connect your middle to your end and your beginning.

Assignment:

You’ll write scene-by-scene plan for the middle of your story.

11) The End.

You’ll learn about the different approaches you can take to writing your ending. You’ll discover how to choose an ending that will leave your reader thinking and talking.

Assignment:

You’ll write the last scene of your story.

12) Continuing your writing.

You’ll learn how to beat your inner critic and keep writing, even when you’d rather be doing anything else. You’ll see how you can make creativity part of your life, even when you’re not writing.

Assignment:

You’ll be asked to identify any blocks or everyday difficulties that you come up against while writing. You’ll then be asked to come up with inventive solutions that will allow you to smash past those blocks. 

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